Alison Young


Professor Alison Young is the Sir David Williams Professor of Public Law at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Robinson College. She currently co-edit’s the UKCLA blog on constitutional law and is a member of the Editorial Board of European Public Law. Young is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is affiliated with the Oxford Human Rights Hub and with the Programme for the Foundations of Law and Constitutional Government at the University of Oxford. She is also an Emeritus Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford.

Before joining the University of Cambridge, Young studied Law and French at the University of Birmingham, before obtaining the BCL and a DPhil in Law at Hertford College. She was a tutor in law and a Fellow of Balliol College from 1997 to 2000, before returning to Hertford as a Fellow and Tutor in law in October 2000 and later becoming a Professor of Public Law at the University of Oxford. At Oxford, Young completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and received awards for Teaching Excellence and Innovation from the University of Oxford.

She researches in applied constitutional theory, public law and human rights. She is author of Parliamentary Sovereignty and the Human Rights Act (Hart Publishing, 2009). She held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship from 2013-2015, which enabled her to write a book on dialogue theory, Democratic Dialogue and the Constitution (OUP, 2017), which was a runner up for the main Inner Temple Book Prize, 2018.